Swan Lake Fire-Boat Launches off of Skilak Lake Road Open, Campgrounds Remain Closed

Restrictions/Closures: An area closure remains in effect for all refuge and national forest lands that have been burned. Skilak Lake Road is open to provide access to Lower Skilak, Upper Skilak, and Jim’s Landing boat launches and Bottenintnin Lake. All other recreation facilities in this area including campgrounds, trails, and day-use areas remain closed. The […]

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Homer Electric Association Begins Mitigation of Risk of Transmission Lines Damaged During Swan Lake Fire on the Kenai Peninsula

Homer Electric AssociationPRESS RELEASEDATE: September 25, 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Homer Electric Association (HEA), in coordination with the current fire team managing the Swan Lake fire, the Alaska Department of Transportation and the Alaska State Troopers, are beginning to prepare to drop high voltage transmission lines that cross the Sterling Highway near Milepost 62.5 and 58.0. […]

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Warehouse worker Jerry Nollner drives a forklift in the BLM AFS Cache on Sept. 24, 2019.

Fire season may end, but work continues for BLM AFS Cache

Warehouse preparing equipment for use on future fires This summer, more than 606 miles of hose was used on fires throughout Alaska. That’s more than the distance between Fairbanks and Homer (580 miles). All that hose needs to be cleaned, inspected for leaks and rolled back up before it can be used again on fires […]

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9/25/19 – 10:00 AM – Swan Lake Fire Fact Sheet and Public Information Map

Incident Command: Alaska Type 3 Organization, Zane Brown Incident Commander Size:      167,164 acres               Containment: 81%                    Personnel: 104 Firefighters working on the lightning-caused Swan Lake Fire are getting a helping hand from cooler, wetter weather. A reconnaissance flight over the fire Tuesday to confirm the benefit of work that has been done and to evaluate […]

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Alaska Type 3 IMT Assumes Command of the Swan Lake Fire

The State of Alaska Division of Forestry’s Type 3 team has assumed command of the Swan Lake fire. Zane Brown, Incident Commander and Clinton Northway, Operations Section Chief give a brief overview on what they saw on their fly over of the fire. Please visit the Swan Lake Fire Inciweb web pages for current fire […]

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McKinley Fire Final Slideshow Photo Credit: Kale Casey

McKinley Fire Final Slideshow: Management Back to Palmer Forestry Thursday 26, 2019

We post all videos and additional content to support our transparency campaign at our YouTube Channel: tinyurl.com/McKinleyFireYoutube Archive – Discover the ArcGIS McKinley Fire Story Map with Footage and Photos: Watch the 11 minute McKinley Fire Final Video on YouTube with CC: Final Live Feed on YouTube with Closed Captions:       The McKinley […]

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9/24/19 – 9:00 AM – Swan Lake Fire Fact Sheet and Public Information Map

9/24/19 – 9:00 AM – Swan Lake Fire Fact Sheet and Public Information Map Location: 5 miles northeast of Sterling, AK Incident Command: Alaska Type 3 Organization, Zane Brown Incident Commander Size:167,164 acres Containment: 81% Personnel: 147 Current Status: Yesterday, crews removed hazard trees, chipping them where possible, and worked on suppression repair along Skilak […]

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9/23/19 – 9:00 AM – Swan Lake Fire Fact Sheet and Public Information Map

Location: 5 miles northeast of Sterling, AK Incident Command: Type 2 Northern Rockies Incident Management Team 4, Rick Connell, I.C. Size: 167,164 acres Containment: 81% Personnel: 173 Transfer of Command: The Northern Rockies Team 4 will be transitioning with a Type 3 organization and transfer of command is planned for Sept. 24 at 8:00 a.m. […]

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Swan Lake Fire – Residual fire-related hazards in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

The video below provides a ground level view of hazards within the perimeter of the Swan Lake Fire. Concern for public safety continues to necessitate area closures. Caution is urged when traveling on roads within the fire area. Hazards include ash pits and fire-weakened trees, which my fall in little or no wind – Stay […]

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E.T. Collinsworth is a medic on the Hadweenzic River Fire east end. Photo by Geoff Liesk, Alaska Interagency Fire Information Center

Alaska Fire Medic program: Taking care of firefighters in the field

Wildland firefighters face all kinds of hazards during fire season. When firefighters fall ill or get injured, getting them needed medical care is not a matter of simply calling 911. The nearest hospital is often a 300-mile flight away, pushing medical care to another level of urgency in Alaska. Something as simple as a blister […]

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